FARGO— Sportsmen Against Hunger encourages hunters with extra meat on hand to donate to hungry families across North Dakota.

This program takes the meat hunters won't or can't use and distributes it to those who can use it. They pay for the processing fees and bring it to local food pantries across the state.

The program accepts legally obtained wild game, but can't accept waterfowl meat.

SAH Program Director Chandler Esslinger said perishable items are rarely donated but the most needed for healthy meals.

"So when we're able to capitalize on the work of hunters and bring that to our local food pantry we're making sure that families are getting those really needed proteins vitamins, minerals, that they also need in their diet," Esslinger said.

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Last year the program donated more than 1,500 pounds of meat.

You can find out more information and how to participate at capnd.org/what-we-do/statewideprograms/sportsmen-against-hunger.